Performance
Whether in theater and drama or performance art and dance, poetry is captured in bodies in motion. Performance takes many forms. The black box theaters of Los Angeles provide an antidote to Hollywood largesse with intimate and experimental performances; Shakespeare gets a new twist when performed in the woods of Topanga Canyon; and performance artist Guillermo Gómez-Peña investigate border politics. Dance is an orchestra of opposites; shoring kineticism with stasis, creating narratives with movement, and channeling music into action. In high school parking lots and backyard parties, new dances are born and broadcast to the world in online videos. Warehouse operas infuse old school drama with new energy. Performance is an extension of language and an expression of what lies within.
Theater and Dance Act Aims to Increase Access to Performing Arts Education
Theater and Dance Act Aims to Increase Access to Performing Arts Education
California is one of two states without dance and theater teaching credentials. Senate Bill 916 -- the Theatre and Dance Act (TADA) -- aims to create single-subject teaching credentials in these disciplines for aspiring teachers.
The Great American Melodrama: 40 Years of Vaudeville in Oceano
The Great American Melodrama: 40 Years of Vaudeville in Oceano
At the Great American Melodrama and Vaudeville in San Luis Obispo County, audience participation is a must. Theatergoers are encouraged to boo, hiss and cheer, just as their counterparts did a century ago.
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Amargosa Opera House: Marta Becket's Death Valley Arts Oasis
Four decades ago Marta Becket transformed Death Valley Junction's decaying community meeting hall into a vibrant muraled theater. Since then, many have traveled to the Amargosa Opera House to catch a glimpse of Becket's desert legacy in art, music and dance.
Best of 2015: Performance
Best of 2015: Performance
In 2015, Artbound observed avant-garde productions across Southern California. Today, join us in looking back at the year's most popular articles about the performing arts.
The Interactive World of 'Return to Foreverhouse'
The Interactive World of 'Return to Foreverhouse'
Step inside "Return to Foreverhouse." The interactive performance by Patrick Michael Ballard is a cross-stitch of a puzzle-solving video game, a ropes course, and murder mystery dinner theater.
Programming Los Angeles: A Chat With the Executive Directors of REDCAT, Bootleg Theater, and CAP UCLA
Programming Los Angeles: A Chat With the Executive Directors of REDCAT, Bootleg Theater, and CAP UCLA
Los Angeles is seeing more in the performing, visual and literary arts than ever before. Kristy Edmunds of CAP UCLA, Mark Murphy of REDCAT and Jessica Hanna of the Bootleg Theatre discuss their diverse programming.
Brainchild: An Otherworldly Ceremony on a Simulated Mars
Brainchild: An Otherworldly Ceremony on a Simulated Mars
Kathleen Johnson's multi-faceted performance "Brainchild" tells the story of a woman who explores the remnants of an alien civilization. The piece was recently staged at the Mars Desert Research Station -- a landscape with which it has clear associations.
Hopscotch: A Mobile Opera For 24 Cars
Hopscotch: A Mobile Opera For 24 Cars
"Hopscotch" is a mobile opera. Set in 24 limousines and various locations around the East Side neighborhoods of Los Angeles, audiences embark on one of three mapped routes to experience the life of character Lucha.
John Fleck's Edgy Performance Art
John Fleck's Edgy Performance Art
Performance artist John Fleck's latest one-man show "Blacktop Highway" takes inspiration from classic horror cinema and Freud's Theory of Mind. The stage production -- featuring Fleck playing a variety of characters, puppets and video -- runs at REDCAT, October 22-25.
Sophie & Charlie: A Kinetic Telenovela by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Sophie & Charlie: A Kinetic Telenovela by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre
Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre's "Sophie & Charlie" is being presented a chapter at a time in four locations around Los Angeles. The "dance telenovela" is part of the company's 30th anniversary programming.
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